As a kid, Verschoor-Kirss was quick to decide what was worth his time and what had to be set aside. “I tried baseball and basketball,” he said. “It didn’t light my fire.”
His downtime is limited.
“I usually block out a couple of weekend hours to watch football,” he said, “or read a book.”
His mom said: “I think of Alex as an intellectual, sitting on the bed reading a book. He and Michael shared a room their entire life. A lot of brothers would have argued.”
Williams was the only school Verschoor-Kirss seriously considered, although, he said, “it wasn’t love at first sight. I was excited, but nervous my freshman year. My high school had prepared me well, but you never know what you’re getting into. I’m not ashamed that I got the lowest grades in my life that first semester.”
By second semester his grades improved considerably. He never looked back.
“I found academic discipline,” he said. “Everything began falling in place. I got to know Williams as a special place and community.”
He would give back. Helping the volleyball team was a no-brainer. His father had played the game all his life.
“I took Alex to play at the Beantown Volleyball Club in Boston,” said Rein Verschoor-Kirss. “He wasn’t a natural, but over the years he developed.”
The family took to the outdoors easily. Verschoor-Kirss went cross-country skiing and mountain climbing. He and his dad did a 470-mile bike race across Iowa last year.
Verschoor-Kirss has studied numerous cultures to support his religious terrorism thesis.
“It’s a very disturbing subject, but it has great relevance for our world, unfortunately,” he said.
He is considering graduate school, and sees a government job as a possibility.
“He just wants to do a lot,” said Quinn.
That might even include volleyball.
“He said he’d love to coach some day. Not at Pepperdine or UCLA or Hawaii. At a NESCAC school,” said Quinn.
“Whatever I wind up doing I’m going to keep volleyball as my release,” Verschoor-Kirss said. “It’s a passion, and will be the rest of my life.”
He may be hard to keep up with, but summing up Alex Verschoor-Kirss is easy.
“Pretty amazing young man,” said Christi Kelsey.
Lenny Megliola can be reached at email@example.com.